I've been doing Twitter pitch contests as a way to get into the writing community and network with other writers/editors. Honestly, I didn't think anything would come of it. There have been many close calls, but the requests started to trickle. Then, I did a complete rewrite and went in a different direction with the manuscript. It needs a lot of editing, which I'm ready to do. I've spent so long working and perfecting ZIRKUS with the intent that it would go into PW or go out to query. Now I'm looking at S:P with new eyes. Oh, my. Why did you write that, Dill? Fix. Fix. Fix.
It's taken six years of writing, working, editing, and I don't know how many years of querying off and on. At least four. Oh, I hope the agents I first submitted to can forgive me. I didn't know. Bless my heart, I didn't know what I was doing. Even now, I'm still trying to figure it all out without constantly doubting myself.
The buzz around ZIRKUS is still going strong, and I hope to have this little queer circus book on the shelves one day! The fact that so many people like it really gives me hope. I can write on more than one idea, and people like it! Wee! Look at me, crossing genres and age categories like I know what I'm doing.
To celebrate, my partner and I did what all adults who have their acts together do--went to Target. It resulted in buying a board game and a Lego playset featuring elves, magic, and dragons. I am pleased.